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On your marks, get set, go! The new apprentices have successfully finished school and are now setting off along a completely new path. Whether it be as an industrial clerk, chemical technician, IT specialist, gardener, chemical laboratory technician or professional truck driver, more than 600 young people joined REMONDIS and its sister companies, Rhenus and SARIA, on 01 August to begin their apprenticeship and learn about one of the many professions on offer – and are looking forward to the next few years with anticipation and excitement.
One thing is clear: the water and recycling sector has established itself as one of the industries of the future and offers excellent career prospects. Sustainability, raw material shortages, resource conservation and climate change are not only popular subjects in the media but also have a considerable impact on business processes and the lives of individuals. And it is precisely these subjects that make up REMONDIS’ core business. “I am really pleased to be able to work at a company whose business is aimed at improving living conditions on our planet. That makes me feel good,” said Cathrin Berlinghoff, who is doing an apprenticeship to become an industrial clerk and a university course at the same time at the company’s head office in Lünen. “I also felt it was important to do an apprenticeship in a company that operates on the international market. REMONDIS is one of the world’s largest and most successful water and recycling companies. Perhaps, one day, I’ll be given the opportunity to work abroad,” she continued with a smile on her face.
However, REMONDIS does not only offer apprenticeship courses in commercial professions. Germany’s leading recycling and water business also trains apprentices to enter environmental technology professions (e.g. recycling and waste management specialists), logistics professions (e.g. professional truck drivers), industrial professions (e.g. industrial mechanics) and IT professions (e.g. IT specialists for applications development or systems integration). “As the REMONDIS Group provides such a wide range of services, we are able to offer a total of 50 different apprenticeship courses. Priority here is always put on the quality of the training,” explained Anika Dirkmann, apprenticeship manager at REMONDIS. “We’re really pleased that we have been able to once again increase the number of apprentices we have taken on compared to last year. Thanks to our successful apprenticeship programme, we are actively counteracting the shortage of specialists caused by demographic change,” added Anika Dirkmann. A win-win situation is, therefore, created right from the very start both for those just starting their career as well as for REMONDIS.
The new apprentices have now left their starting blocks and are on their way to becoming qualified specialists. For the most part, it will be up to them themselves how they cross over the finishing line. They are, however, in an excellent environment which will very much help them on their way.
Andre Grewe is currently in the second year of his apprenticeship and is training to become an IT specialist for systems integration
Cathrin Berlinghoff, who is doing an apprenticeship and a university course at the same time, is currently learning all about sales and marketing applications